Monday, July 25, 2011

Finally by Wendy Mass

This book has been nominated for the 2011 Children's Book Award, and I gave it a rating of five out of five. Rory Swenson sets out to achieve all of the items on her list of things to do when she turns twelve. She'll be allowed to stay home alone, get a cellphone, get her ears pierced, babysit, and go to the mall without parent supervision, to name a few of the things she's looking forward to. However, things don't always work out the way she plans. The house makes strange noises, her cellphone number used to be for a pizza shop, and she has an allergic reaction to make-up. In addition, Jake Harrison, the cute, teenage movie star, is coming to her school to film a movie. How can a perfectly average girl like Rory manage to get Jake's girlfriend to hate her? How can all of her wishes turn out so wrong?

Rory has some soul-searching to do in this book. Are the wishes on her list the things she really wants? The problems she faces are the same as all sixth grade girls. It's amusing how almost every wish on her list backfires on her, and the film being shot at the school just complicates things further. Boys probably won't enjoy this book, but most girls should love it.

Lexile level from 750


  1. So much goes on in this book, and it is one of the few Mass books that I like. Glad to see you've been busy over the summer!

  2. Hi Mr. Buxton! I'm Megan McConnell. We met today. This looks like a good book and I really want to read it. I'll see you next week!

  3. Hi Megan. I think you'll love the book. I think all of Rory's wishes are realistic with humorous results.

  4. I LOVE this book! It is very interesting and exciting!

  5. I really like this book! Rory Rocks


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